The safest place for your baby to sleep is on their own sleep surface, in the same room as you, for at least the first six months. The safest way for your baby to sleep is flat on their back on a firm mattress with no loose items in the cot. This includes things such as duvets, pillows, blankets, cot bumpers, mosquito nets and stuffed animals. All of these items pose a potential risk for causing suffocation, entanglement and strangulation. Keeping the cot empty ensures that your baby cannot accidentally roll into something or pull something over their face.